Review: Scott Ellison – Elevator Man

Posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Scott Ellison – Elevator Man

(Red Parlor)

Tulsa, Oklahoma born singer, guitarist and bandleader Scott played with Texas blues legend Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown very early in his career, and he has been recording since the 90s; he moved to Los Angeles in the mid-80s. I admit I am more than a little surprised Scott is not better known – this is a very accomplished set of modern blues, sometimes with a soul touch, but more frequently straight blues with hints of Stax era Albert King, or nodding towards a Chicago sound as on the opening, Howling Wolf tinged ‘Holler For Help’; Wolf can also be discerned in Scott’s vocals and the arrangement on the raucous ‘Put You Down’. ‘Arlene’ gives a first hint of the power that Scott can achieve, before ‘Behind That Smile’ slows the pace for a fine gospel-tinged blues-ballad and ‘Fishsticks And Jelly’ is an acoustic interlude.

The title track has a modern funky blues sound, ‘Jesus Loves Me (Baby Why Don’t You?)’ is a strong shuffle with some ringing guitar work, and ‘School Girl’ has a Latin-tinged Chicago sound, a little reminiscent of Otis Rush. ‘Hit It, Get It And Go’ is a real stormer, and the big-sounding ‘I Thought I’d Be Gone’ hits a wonderful groove, with some excellent slide guitar fills too. The set ends in wonderful fashion with the dirty sounding pounder ‘My Little Sheba’ (hints of a Hill Country groove) here and the churning “Freddy King plays the swamp-blues” approach of ‘She’s On My Trail’.

In short then, one to look out for…

NORMAN DARWEN

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